Age discrimination exists and it’s time to challenge stereotypes, encouraging a future where we can all embrace growing older, smashing preconceptions about ageing and making women over 40 more visible. Crunchy Talks is a  special project aiming to empower women feeling stuck in the middle of their journey.

Midlife is a great chance to rediscover yourself and reinvent a new path. Come and join our event led by the lifestyle journalist Michela Di Carlo, founder of a digital illustrated magazine for those ladies who don’t let age define them.

Michela will interview a panel of inspirational women from different backgrounds on the topic of various midlife issues, ageing and repurpose in life.  Followed by Q&A.

Speakers include:

Raluca Radulescu Professor in medieval literature at Bangor University. Originally from Bucharest, Romania, she has worked and lived in Ireland, France, Romania and the UK. She is a specialist in Medieval English literature, Arthurian myth and legend from the medieval period to the present day, and has published more than 10 books on the topic. Prof. Radulescu is frequently contributing to press, TV and radio programmes on topics ranging from Arthurian legends and modern children’s versions, medieval manuscripts and medieval life. She is a great believer in the motivational and inspirational power of early stories and early history in all areas of life.

Valentina Harris Celebrity chef and award-winning author with more than 30 books to her name. Former President of the London chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Valentina is actively committed to strengthening the position of professional women in the world of food, beverage and hospitality, and uses her wealth of experience to mentor young women who dream of a career within it. As a regular face at food festivals in the UK, Valentina stills finds time to share her expertise and love of Italian food by hosting courses, plus can be found regularly contributing to radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines.

Vinitra Mishra Consultant in clinical biochemistry and metabolic medicine in the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS trust. As the senior Lab physician, she advises clinicians in managing their patients with abnormal results, writing guidelines and policies in managing laboratory results, promoting pathology through education and teaching. As a metabolic physician, she manages patients with bone metabolic disorders particularly osteoporosis, and patients with lipid disorders particularly those with high cholesterol through lifestyle advice and drug therapy.

Emma Rees Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, and Director of the Institute of Gender Studies. Throughout her career, Emma has written extensively in the field of gender and representation in literature and culture, considering the work of, among others, Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish and Led Zeppelin. Her second book, ‘The Vagina: a Literary and Cultural History’, was published in paperback by Bloomsbury in 2015. In 2016 she took up her role as inaugural Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden. She runs the international, interdisciplinary biennial Talking Bodies conference (most recently in April 2019).

Izzy Grey

Hospitality Guru and PR Wiz, Izzy has spent a lifetime navigating the roller coaster highs and lows of hospitality throughout the UK. Having spent 10 years in London in the thick of the male dominated night club industry, she looks back with fond affection at her life behind bars. Having set up her own promotional business 8 years ago and now on the cusp of a roll out after a recent major inward investment, she talks openly about the trauma’s and successes of a career and life where ‘all paths lead here’ – and why she feels she is a late bloomer.




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